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May 7, 1953
Filed NOV. 8, 1961
United States Pate
Patented May 7, 1963
chair frame is preferably composed of wrought metal,
Kenneth Schwartz and Robert E. Sussrnan, Miami, Fla,
assignors to Medallion Corp., Hialeah, Fia., a corpora
tion of Florida
such as aluminum.
The sides of the seat of the chair are de?ned by side
rails 4 and 5 of similar cross-sectional size and shape, the
same being of square or rectangular cross-section. The
sides of the back of the chair are de?ned by the vertical
bars 6 and 7 which are also of square or rectangular
The connectors or clips 8 which attach the webs or
This invention relates to means for attaching webbing 10 straps 2 and 3' to the seat rails 4 and back bars 6 and
7 respectively, are of like construction, and one of them
or straps to seat and back frames of chairs or other articles
is disclosed in FIGS. 3 and 4. Each of these connectors
of furniture.
or clips ‘8 is preferably com-posed of extruded aluminum
The webbing or straps used to form the seats and backs
or other suitable metal and it includes a top web 9* and
of furniture, and particularly furniture composed of
Filed Nov. 8, 1961, Ser. No. 150,952
2 Claims. (Cl. 1G0—184)
wrought metal, such as wrought aluminum, is usually 15 a pair of spaced ?anges 10‘ and 11 extending at right
angles thereto and integrally formed therewith and de
attached to the furniture by means of screws, bolts or rivets
?ning a channel 12 between them. The channel 12 so
which require perforating of the webbing as well as the
formed ‘is of a size to enable the same to snugly or tightly
furniture and this not only results in the weakening of the
?t over the side rails 4 and K5 or back bars 6- and 7, sub
webbing but in the side rails or other parts of the furni
ture to which the webbing is fastened. Also, the attach 20 stantially as shown in FIG. 2.
Also formed on the connector or clip 8 is an end ?ange
ment of the fastening elements is a time-consuming oper
13 which is so spaced from ?ange 11 as to provide a
channel 14 between it and said ?ange and into which
It is therefore one of the objects of the present invention
channel is tapered end 15*‘ on any of the webs or stnaps
to provide a connector clip by means of which the ends
of a web or strap forming the back or seat of a chair or 25 2 and 3 is ?tted. The inner surfaces of the ?anges 11
and 13, or those surfaces of these ?anges which face
the like, can be attached quickly and securely without the
use of screws, rivets or other like fastening means.
It is an object of the invention to provide a clip or con
toward one another, are toothed, serrated or otherwise
irregularly formed or roughened as shown at 15 to there
by provide gripping instrumental-?ies to resist withdrawal
nector of the above mentioned type which will not require
perforating or aperturing of the web or strap or of parts 30 of the end 15 of the web or strap that is inserted into
the channel 14 between the flanges 11 and 13. The con
of the furniture; which when ?tted in place on the chair
will be hidden or concealed from view by parts of the
nector or clip 8 may, if desired, be slightly thickened or
web or strap, and which can be easily removed when re
placement of any one ‘or more of the webs or straps be
reinforced in the web 9, as shown at 16 in the area of
comes desirable or necessary.
More particularly, the invention contemplates the pro
vision of a channelled metallic clip having ?anges which
de?ne a channel between them and into which a chair
the channel 14.
The inside end portion of the ?ange
35 13 may be slightly bevelled as shown at 19', if desired,
to facilitate the entry of the end 15a of the web into the
channel 14.
A connector or clip of this kind may be readily fabri~
'cated by being made in lengthy strip‘ form of extruded
side rail is forced, and also provided with a second chan
nel into which an end of the web or strap is ?tted, which 40 aluminum and the strip then cut o?? in suitable clip
lengths. Each of the webs or straps 2 or 3‘ is provided
end part of the web or strap is grippingly held between
?anges provided on the clip and which form the latter
with one of the connectors or clips at each of its ends,
each end 15*‘ of the web being inserted into the channel
channel. The clip so ?tted on the chair permits the web
14 between the ?anges 11 and 13 and the ?anges then
or strap to be extended from it and brought around the
clip and side rail and over the top of the same so that 45 compressed toward one another, or the outer ?ange 13
forced toward the ?ange 11, to cause the end of the web
the clip is covered and protected by the web or strap and
or strip to be gripped between these ?anges and the teeth
is concealed from View.
15 thereon to bite into the opposite faces of the web and
With these and other objects to be hereinafter set forth
securely anchor the end of the same in the channel 14.
in view, I have devised the arrangement of parts to be
The manner in which the clips or connectors are ?tted
described and more particularly pointed out in the claims 50
appended hereto.
on the parts of the chair will be noted in FIG. 2 wherein
In the accompanying drawing, wherein an illustrative
it will be seen that one of the clips or connectors, for
example that shown at the left in said ?gure, is forced
embodiment of the invention is disclosed,
down on top of the rail 4 which ?ts tightly within the
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a chair provided with
channel 12 of the clip and is ?rmly gripped between the
seat and ‘back webbing attached to means of the improved
connector or clip;
?anges 10 and 11 thereof. The web or strap» is then
brought around the under side of the rail 4 .and then
FIG. 2 is a sectional view, taken substantially on the
upward around the outer side of the same and then across
line 2-2 of FIG. 1, looking in the direction of the
the top to reach the opposite side rail 5 of the chair. The
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of one of the connectors 60 second clip is attached to the side rail ‘5 in similar man
or clips, and
ner. That is -to say, it is forced :down on the top of the
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of one of the connectors or
rail 5 to ?t thereon substantially as shown at the right in
clips showing how one of the webs has an end inserted
FIG. 2. The attachment of the clips or connectors in
the manner described and as shown in the drawing, may
The drawing shows a chair that is typical of the type 65 be facilitated if the plastic webs or straps are softened
upon which Webs or straps form the seat and back. The
by heat or otherwise during the ?tting of the clips on the
spaced-apart webs or straps which form the seat are
parts of the chair, and upon the placement of the straps
indicated at 2, while those which form the back of the
or webs on the chair, the restoration of the straps or webs
chair are shown at 3. The webs or straps 2 and 3 may be
70 to their normal condition will result in the webs or straps
of similar size and the same are preferably, but not neces
being stretched tautly across the seat or back of the chair.
sarily, composed of a tough, ?exible plastic material. The
Since portions of the straps or webs extend across the
tops of the vclips or connectors, and the webs or straps are
tensioned from one clip to another when a person is
seated on the chair, the clips are held from rising move
As will be apparent from the foregoing, we have pro
vided a clip which can be easily fabricated; which pro
vides a pair of separate parallel channels, one of which
ment or displacement.‘
?ts on the chair and the other of which receives the web
and grippingly holds it.
Having thus described a single embodiment of the in
vention, it is obvious that the same is not to be restricted
The disposition of the connectors or clips in respect to
the webs or straps is such that neither the webs nor furni~
ture parts require the formation of apertures through
thereto, but is broad enough to cover all structure coming
them likely to cause weakening of the webs or furniture
within the scope of the annexed claims.
parts. When the connectors or clips are ?tted in place
What we claim is:
as above described, they not only securely fasten the 10
1. An article of furniture including side rails having
webs or straps in place but they .are hidden or concealed
a rectangular cross-section and a support, the improve
from view and prevented from contacting with a person
ment comprising strips of material forming said support,
seated on’ the chair. Also, the laborious and time-con
and clip means secured to the terminal ends of said strips
suming attachment of the webs by screws or rivets is
eliminated and the replacement of one or more of the 15 of material for free receipt on said side rails without the
webs when required is greatly facilitated.
While we have herein shown and described the im
use of extraneous fasteners, each of said clip means com
prising a web including spaced ?anges extending there
proved connector clip as being speci?cally employed for
from and forming adjacent channels opening in a com
the attachment of seat and back webs or straps to a chair,
it will be apparent that the same may be used on other
articles of furniture or wherever the attachment of webs
mon direction from said web, said strips being terminally
secured in one of said channels, said other channel con
or straps is found desirable or necessary.
forming to a portion of said side rails and being substan~
tially ?lled thereby and being removably received over
that have heretofore been spirally wound in a continu
ous strip from one rail to the other back and forth to
said rails.
2. The structure of claim 1 in‘ which said ?anges form
said rails, said strips being wrapped beneath said rails
The present invention is a distinct improvement over
over the outer surface of said rails and over said clip
the method heretofore employed for attaching webbing
strips to metallic furniture such as the webbing strips 25 means and said ?anges for maintaining said support on
constitute a seat or a back, requiring an unnecessary yard
ing said one channel including opposed friction increasing
ribs on opposed inner surfaces thereof in clamped engage
jectionable from a standpoint of ventilation and possibly 30 ment on the terminal ends of said strips of material.
the collection of water upon the lower ?ights of the strips
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
especially, in the scat portions. The invention also con
templates the use of various metals for the furniture and
‘is not restricted to wrought aluminum nor is the invention
Henry _______________ __ Aug. 8, 1922
restricted to the extruded aluminum clips. The clips may 3
Haschke ______________ __ Feb. 3, 1959
be formed of plastic or other materials and the terminal
Bright ______________ __ Aug. 11, 1959
age of material for the operation and has been found ob
ends of the strips 2 may be suitably chemically bonded
to the clips or possibly mechanically riveted or otherwise
Great Britain _________ .... June 2, 1948
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